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Sony’s Shuhei Yoshida Comments on PlayStation Plus Requirement for PS4

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Posted on June 27, 2013 AT 02:09pm

Talking to Famitsu magazine, SCE Worldwide Studios president Shuhei Yoshida commented on the company’s decision to make PlayStation Plus subscriptions mandatory for online multiplayer in PS4 games.

“The main pillar for the PS4 will be online play,” Yoshida told Famitsu. “We’re developing many new ways to play and connect, which requires a large investment of resources. Considering the cost, to try to keep such a service free and consequently, the quality would be absurd. We decided that if that’s the case, then it would be better to receive proper payment and continue to offer a good service.”

While a PlayStation Plus membership will be required for online gaming, it will not be necessary to use media apps on the PlayStation 4 that require internet connectivity—Netflix, Hulu, et cetera. And while the change moves Sony’s online services more in line with Microsoft’s Xbox Live and Xbox Live Gold, it remains a much more versatile and accessible service.

The PlayStation 4 launches sometime this fall. Expect more news leading up to its release come GamesCom in August and TGS in September.

 

Source: GameSpot

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